We listened to a sermon this Sabbath about how we should not be easily offended, It brought up the question about Anger. Is that a sign of being offended? More importantly, is it a Godly Emotion? Here is a study in that very subject by Buddy Cocherell.


Gen 1:31
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

God created humans with the capacity to love and to hate, to be sad and to be happy, to cry and to laugh. And to be angry and to be at peace.

All of these emotions are godly emotions but need to be moderated on the human level and perfected to the Godly level.

One human emotion that can either be destructive or constructive is anger.

If anger is not controlled it can cause irreparable damage and if controlled can help to build righteous character.

Is the topic of anger important? It must be because it is mentioned in its various forms over 450 times in the bible.

Ex 4:10-14 TLB

10 But Moses pleaded, “O Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after you have spoken to me, for I have a speech impediment.”

11 “Who makes mouths?” Jehovah asked him. “Isn’t it I, the Lord? Who makes a man so that he can speak or not speak, see or not see, hear or not hear? 12 Now go ahead and do as I tell you, for I will help you to speak well, and I will tell you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “Lord, please! Send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord became angry. “All right,” he said, “your brother, Aaron, is a good speaker. And he is coming here to look for you and will be very happy when he finds you.

anger —- ‘aph (af); the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire: —-flaring of the nostrils

Ex 32:8-14

7 -9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou brought out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed thereto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people:

10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

anger —- ‘aph (af); the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire:

11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why does your wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?

12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.

Fierce wrath — charown (khawrone‘); or (shortened) charon (khawrone‘); a word that means a burning of anger,

burning anger, Did you ever get so mad that the blood rushed to your head and it became hot?

13-14 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swore by thine own self, and said to them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

Moses Gets Angry

Ex 32:19-20 NIV

When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.

Burned — charah (khaw-raw’); a primitive root meaning to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy:

Remember, these were the tables of stone made by God’s hands which contained the law, bud God never criticized Moses for breaking the tablets

Deut 9:8 KJV
Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath (qatsaph), so that the LORD was angry (anaph) with you to have destroyed you.

wrath —- qatsaph (kaw-tsaf’); a primitive root; to crack off, i.e. (figuratively) burst out in rage:
angry.—- ‘anaph (aw-naf’); a primitive root; to breathe hard, i.e. be enraged:

Deut 9:20 KJV
And the LORD was (anaph) very (me` od) angry (anaph) with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

angry vehemently angry

was —- ‘anaph (aw-naf’); a primitive root; to breathe hard, i.e. be enraged:

very —- me` od (meh-ode’); vehemently

angry.—- ‘anaph (aw-naf’); a primitive root; to breathe hard, i.e. be enraged:

David Numbers the People

2 Sam 24:1 KJV
And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

Because of David’s rebellion 70,000 men died

anger —- ‘aph (af); the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire:


1 Kings 11:9-10 KJV
And (anaph) the LORD was angry (anaph) with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.

And — angry — ‘anaph (aw-naf’); a primitive root; to breathe hard, i.e. be enraged:


2 Kings 17:16-18 KJV
16-17 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

be angry — ka` ac (kaw-as’); a primitive root; to trouble; by implication, to grieve, rage, be indignant:

18 Therefore (anaph) the LORD was (anaph) very angry (anaph) with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

angry — ‘anaph (aw-naf’); a primitive root; to breathe hard, i.e. be enraged:

Ps 7:10-12 KJV
My defense is of God, which saves the upright in heart. God judges the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

Angry—–za` am (zaw-am’); a primitive root; properly, to foam at the mouth, i.e. to be enraged:

Ps 76:7 KJV
Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?

anger —- ‘aph (af); the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire:

Ezek 16:36-43

36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

41 And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.

42 So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.

Fury — chemah (khay-maw’); heat; figuratively, anger, poison (from its fever):, bottles, hot displeasure, furious

angry — ka` ac (kaw-as’); a primitive root; to trouble; by implication, to grieve, rage, be indignant: provoke (to anger, unto wrath), have sorrow, vex, be wroth.

After God punishes his anger will vanish

Isa 11:16-12:1-3
16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Isaiah 12
12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou were angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfort me.

be angry (displeased). ‘anaph (aw-naf’); a primitive root; to breathe hard, i.e. be enraged:

anger —- ‘aph (af); the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire:

2-3 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

The Elect and Anger

Mark 3:4-5
4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger (orge), being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

Anger —- there the Greek word ‘thumos’ which is anger that passes quickly
but ‘orge’ ‘or-gay’ is not this king of anger. Orge (or-gay’); is a much more intense anger, properly, desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), i.e. (by analogy,) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment:

Was Jesus justifiably angry? Yes, he was.


Luke 14:16-24 NIV

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

angry — orgizo (or-gid’-zo); to provoke or enrage, i.e. (passively) become exasperated:

22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'”

Degrees of anger:

Matt 5:21-22 KJV
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry (or-gid’-zo) with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment (local village Court): and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council (Sanhedrin): but whosoever shall say, Thou fool (moros), shall be in danger of hell fire.

angry — orgizo (or-gid’-zo); to provoke or enrage, i.e. (passively) become exasperated:

with his brother—- ho (ho); including the feminine he (hay); and the neuter to (to); in all their inflections;

Williams — Everyone who harbors malice
Amplified bible — continues to be angry

KJV – without a cause, not in the original text added by the translators.

Raca.— rhaka (rhak-ah’); of Aramaic origin O empty one, i.e. thou worthless (as a term of utter vilification):

Raca —- Anger that turns into insulting contemptuous speech. Libelous speech

moros —- not so much that the person is stupid, but is used to cast doubt or condemn the brother’s moral character.

Why the danger? Because anger must be controlled. If anger is not controlled it can lead to sin and the wages of sin is death.

All selfish anger is forbidden by God:

James 1:20-21 KJV
For the wrath (or-gay’) of man works not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

wrath — orge (or-gay’); violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment:

Col 3:8 KJV
But now ye also put off all these; anger (or-gay’), wrath (thoo-mos’), malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Anger — (or-gay’); violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment:

Wrath — thumos (thoo-mos’); which is anger that passes quickly

Eph 4:26 KJV
Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

be angry (wroth) — orgizo (or-gid’-zo); from NT:3709; to provoke or enrage, i.e. (passively) become exasperated:

sin not — hamartano (ham-ar-tan’-o); to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e. (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin:

wrath. — parorgismos (par-org-is-mos’); rage:

Resolve the problem in your mind and do not let anger turn to hatred, maliciousness, bitterness, violence, vengeance, evil speaking which equals sin.

Titus 1:7-9
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

bishop, overseer — episkopos (ep-is’-kop-os); (in the sense of NT:1983); a superintendent, i.e. in charge of a (or the) church (literally or figuratively):

not soon angry. orgilos (org-ee’-los); not hotheaded

Quick-Tempered —- A hot head

Prov 14:17 NIV
A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.

anger —- ‘aph (af); the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire:

Prov 22:24-25 NIV
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.

Prov 29:22 NIV
An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

Eccl 7:9 NIV
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

God is slow to anger

Ps 103:8 KJV
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger (af), and plenteous in mercy.

‘aph (af); the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire:

Prov 16:32 KJV
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Do not provoke your children to anger

Eph 6:4 KJV
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

wrath — parorgizo (par-org-id’-zo); to enrage:

KJV – anger, provoke to wrath.

Prov 15:1 KJV
A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

We must learn to be angry at the right things and not let our anger turn to sin.

We should be angry at the things that God is angry with and not the things of irrational human passion.

A study Paper by Buddy Cocherell